Award Honorees

Dr. Courtney (Heniff) Albinson

Dr. Courtney (Heniff) Albinson '92 was a three-sport athlete at Minnetonka High School who competed all four years of her school career. When she graduated, she knew one thing for sure—she wanted to help student athletes who faced the same challenges she did. Years later, Dr. Albinson has dedicated her life to doing just that.

“A large part of my identity was connected to being an athlete,” said Dr. Albinson. “I was very competitive and always strove to do my best.” While she managed to excel academically throughout high school while serving as captain of her soccer, gymnastics and track and field teams, numerous injuries challenged her physically and emotionally.

“My support team at Minnetonka—my coaches, athletic trainer and teammates—were critical in helping me navigate those challenges,” said Dr. Albinson. “I felt very supported academically and athletically at Minnetonka and was provided many opportunities to develop important leadership and life skills that have been beneficial in my career and life.”

After graduating from Minnetonka, Dr. Albinson received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Notre Dame and went on to complete her MA in kinesiology from the University of Minnesota, as well as a PhD in counseling psychology from the University of North Texas. Today, Dr. Albinson is a nationally recognized leader in sport psychology. She is the director of sport psychology services at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and has served in several leadership roles, including as President of the Society of Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology of the American Psychological Association.

“I believe that mental health is just as important as physical health,” said Dr. Albinson. “At Northwestern University, I have focused on creating comprehensive services to address the full spectrum of needs experienced by student-athletes, coaches and teams—counseling, psychiatric care, individual and team mental performance consultation, mental health outreach and education and consultation with coaches, sports medicine professionals and administrators.”

Giving advice to students and graduates, Dr. Albinson encourages them to “Savor the present moment, live out their values, embrace failures as opportunities to grow, treat themselves with kindness and compassion and reach out for support when they need it.”


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